A TEENAGE girl was viciously attacked and her beloved chihuahua mauled to death after two ferocious dogs escaped from their Townsville yard.
The latest incident is part of a spate of dog attacks in the city, with almost four people reporting attacks to Townsville City Council each week.
A total of 187 attacks on people have been reported since January 1, with a further 169 attacks on animals, or threatening behaviour by canines also being recorded.
Mackenzie Porter, 15, was walking her chihuahua-papillon cross named Lily on Curie St in Wulguru when the two large dogs pounced.
The dogs, believed to be AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS, grabbed Lily and knocked Mackenzie to the gutter when she tried to pry her dog free from their jaws.
The teenager was bitten on her chest, hand and foot and was left covered in dog fur, faeces and abrasions.
Mackenzie’s mother Marnie said if her daughter had been a toddler, she probably would have been killed.
“The highest dog bite she sustained was actually on her chest, she had to go to the GP,” Ms Porter said.
“They definitely wanted to eat and destroy, we’re just lucky it wasn’t a child.”
Ms Porter said the attacks across Townsville could not be allowed to go on.
“It’s horrendous, Lily was a little rescue dog from the pound,” she said.
“She actually died a long, horrible death about 35 minutes after the attack, on the vet’s table.”
Mackenzie said they hadn’t been walking frequently because they were scared an attack was going to happen.
“We didn’t even go near this dog,” she said.
“The next thing I know they were on us and attacking us and I was screaming.”
Mackenzie said she didn’t know how she managed to pry the dog’s jaw off Lily’s neck.
“I picked her up and she had blood all over her,” she said.
“I had to get a tetanus shot and go on antibiotics. Lily was our best friend and came everywhere with us.”
The council is investigating the attack, which happened about 9am on Saturday.
A spokesman said the council intended to declare the offending dogs as dangerous, which would require fencing to be secured, desexing, signage and muzzling of the dogs in public.
Deputy mayor Les Walker said where there was sufficient evidence of a dog attack, the council could prosecute an owner.
“It’s about looking after our victims at every turn, four a week is four too many,” Cr Walker said.
“The question is how many attacks are not reported?”
Cr Walker said the council did not want any animal or person being attacked.